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World's Best Workforce

In accordance with Minnesota Statutes 2013, section 120B.11, a school board, at a public meeting, shall adopt a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan to support and improve teaching and learning that is aligned with creating the world's best workforce. 

Minnesota schools strive to provide the best educational opportunities for all children. Providing an education to Minnesota youth that leads to creating the world’s best workforce is a goal that must be addressed early on in every child’s life. Students are more likely to reach this goal if they are ready for school upon entering kindergarten; achieve grade level literacy by grade three; graduate from high school and attain career and college readiness. In order to create the world’s best workforce, it is imperative that academic achievement gaps are closed among all racial and ethnic groups of students and between students living in poverty and not living in poverty as well as for English language learners and non-English language learners and for students who receive or do not receive special education.

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The comprehensive strategic plan that districts create is intended to serve as a foundational document to align educational initiatives that serve to ensure reaching intended student outcomes from pre-kindergarten to post high school graduation. Districts should consider and use existing plans, documents and strategies that may already be in place and/or are required by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), such as the Title I Plan, School Improvement Plans; School Readiness Program Plan; Local Literacy Plan; Student Transition Plan to College and Career Readiness; Plan for Educator Effectiveness, Q Comp, Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services, Continuous Improvement Monitoring Progress Plan, Integration Plan. This district level strategic plan should illustrate how the various existing district plans fit together and serve as a blueprint to create a quality workforce equipped with necessary skills for the 21st century. 

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For more information please visit the Minnesota Department of Education World's Best Workforce site.

 

District Plan

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As written in Minnesota Statutes 2013, section 120B.11, (from here forward referred to as the “World’s Best Workforce Plan” or “WBWF Plan”) the district’s strategic plan

include: (1) clearly defined district and school site goals and benchmarks for instruction and student achievement for all student subgroups identified in section 120B.35, subdivision 3, paragraph (b), clause (2); (2) a process for assessing and evaluating each student's progress toward meeting state and local academic standards and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of instruction in pursuit of student and school success and curriculum affecting students' progress and growth toward career and college readiness and leading to the world's best workforce; (3) a system to periodically review and evaluate the effectiveness of all instruction and curriculum, taking into account strategies and best practices, student outcomes, school principal evaluations and teacher evaluations; (4) strategies for improving instruction, curriculum, and student achievement; (5) education effectiveness practices that integrate high-quality instruction, rigorous curriculum, technology, and a collaborative professional culture that develops and supports teacher quality, performance, and effectiveness; and (6) an annual budget for continuing to implement the district plan. 

DISTRICT PLAN

2018-19 World's Best Workforce Plan
     2018-19 District SMART Goals

2017-18 World's Best Workforce Plan
     2017-18 District SMART Goals

2016-17 World's Best Workforce Plan
     2016-17 District SMART Goals

2015-16 World's Best Workforce Plan
     2015-16 District SMART Goals

2014-15 World's Best Workforce Plan
    2014-15 District SMART Goals

2013-14

Report Summaries

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Overview of Local World's Best Workforce Plan Requirements

The district public strategic plan referred to as “the World’s Best Workforce Plan” includes, at a minimum, the following items consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.11: 

Performance Measures

Measures to determine school district and school site progress in striving to create the world's best workforce; specifically progress towards: 

A4 closing the identified achievement gap(s) in the district 
A3 all students ready for kindergarten 
A2 all students in third grade achieving grade level literacy 
C3,4,5 all students attaining career and college readiness before graduating from high school 
C1 all students graduating from high school 

Measures to assess progress must include at least: 

MDE (1) student performance on the National Association of Education Progress; 
A4 (2) the size of the academic achievement gap by student subgroup; 
A4 (3) student performance on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments; 
C3,4,5 (4) high school graduation rates; and (5) career and college readiness under section 120B.30, subdivision 1. 

Note: Other relevant local standardized assessments may be used to supplement measures listed above (e.g., assessments used to determine kindergarten readiness or achievement in grades K-2). 

District Plan Components and Activities

District Roadmap   Clearly defined district and school site goals and benchmarks for instruction and student achievement for all student subgroups identified in section 120B.35, subdivision 3, paragraph (b), clause (2); 
District Roadmap  Specific information on a process for assessing and evaluating each student's progress toward meeting state and local academic standards and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of instruction in pursuit of student and school success and curriculum affecting students' progress and growth toward career and college readiness and leading to the world's best workforce; 
District Roadmap Description of a system to periodically review and evaluate the effectiveness of all instruction and curriculum, taking into account strategies and best practices, student outcomes, school principal evaluations and teacher evaluations; 
District Roadmap Specific information on strategies for improving instruction, curriculum, and student achievement;
District Roadmap Description of education effectiveness practices that integrate high-quality instruction, rigorous curriculum, instructional technology, and a collaborative professional culture that develops and supports teacher quality, performance, and effectiveness; and 
District Roadmap An annual budget for sustaining implementation of the district plan. 

District Reporting Requirements

_____ The school board shall publish a report in the local newspaper with the largest circulation in the district, by mail, or by electronic means on the district website. Public report to be titled: District Number, District Name Local World’s Best Workforce Plan will be prominently displayed on the district’s official Web page and contain all required elements listed consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.11, in a manner that is accessible and relevant. 
November School Board Meeting  The school board shall hold an annual public meeting to: 
District Roadmap review, and revise where appropriate, student achievement goals, local assessment outcomes, plans, strategies, and practices for improving curriculum and instruction. 
District Roadmap review district success in achieving the previously adopted student achievement goals and related benchmarks and the improvement plans leading to the world's best workforce. 
District Report The school board must transmit an electronic summary of its report to the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education each fall. Summary report to be titled: District Number, District Name Local World’s Best Workforce Summary Report, submitted in a manner that is accessible and relevant by October 1, 2014.
B1,2,3  Each school district shall periodically survey affected constituencies about their connection to and level of satisfaction with school. The district shall include the results of these surveys in the summary report.

Committees and Roles (District Advisory Committee and School Site Teams)

District Advisory Committee Each school board shall establish a District Advisory Committee to ensure active community participation in all phases of planning and improving the instruction and curriculum affecting state and local academic standards.

District Advisory Committee The district advisory committee, to the extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the district and its school sites, and shall include teachers, parents, support staff, students, and other community residents. 

District Advisory Committee Whenever possible, parents and other community residents shall comprise at least two-thirds of advisory committee members. 

District Advisory Committee The district advisory committee shall provide recommendations to the school board regarding rigorous academic standards, student achievement goals and measures consistent with subdivision 1a and sections 120B.022, subdivision 1, paragraphs (b) and (c), and 120B.35, district assessments, program evaluations. 

_____ The district may establish school site teams as subcommittees of the district advisory committee. 

_____ A school may establish a school site team to develop and implement strategies and evidence-based practices to improve instruction, curriculum, and student achievement at the school site. 

_____ The school site team may advise the board and the district advisory committee about developing the annual budget and revising the school site improvement plan that aligns curriculum, assessment of student progress and growth in meeting state and local academic standards and instruction.

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CONTACT

Department of Teaching & Learning
Dr. Heather Mueller, Director
10 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 2
Mankato, Minnesota 56001
507-387-1868
hmuell1@isd77.org

Career & College Readiness
Kim Mueller, Coordinator
10 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 3
Mankato, Minnesota 56001
507-387-7353
kmuell1@isd77.org